|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1947|
|Death: ||Aug. 23, 2009|
Martha Arlene Gibson Burns, 62, of Port Ludlow, Wash. passed away Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 after battling Multiple Sclerosis for many years. Arlene was born Feb. 1, 1947 to Arlo and Martha Gibson of Hardesty. At an early age she accepted Christ as her savior at Gibson Baptist Camp. She was an active member of several different churches during her life.
Arlene graduated Valedictorian of Hardesty High School in 1965. She received a scholarship from Oklahoma Baptist University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a BA in biology in 1969 and went on to earn certification in medical technology from Oklahoma University. During the summer after graduating OBU, Arlene worked as a medical technologist at McMurry Clinic, Guymon. She set up and supervised the Toxicology Laboratory of the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City. While directing the lab at the VA hospital she met her future husband, Robert N. Burns, who worked with the hospital administration. They were married Aug. 3, 1974 in Oklahoma City.
Bob and Arlene moved to Denver, where she worked in the medical technology lab of the VA hospitals there. She had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1976 and was forced to take medical retirement while working in Denver. She began working with stained glass and became an accomplished stained glass artist.
Bob and Arlene moved often with his job with the National Health Service. They lived in Chevy Chase, Great Falls, Reston and Williamsburg, Va., before Bob retired and they moved to Port Ludlow, Wash. Over the years, Arlene was an active volunteer for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Kidney Foundation, her churches and Working Image (a rehabilitation, training organization). She was a proud American and was especially proud of her heritage as a Daughter of the American Revolution.
Arlene was a beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin. She is survived by her husband, Robert Burns of Port Ludlow; her parents, Arlo and Martha Gibson of Hardesty; sisters, Jeanne and husband, Charles Lewallen of Longdale, Okla.; Vicki and husband, Jesse Martin of Hardesty; Kathy and husband David Stump of Hardesty; and Jo and husband Curt Wilkins of Shawnee, Okla. She is also survived by paternal aunts Dr. Bonnie and husband Dr. Noel Miller of Okemah, Okla.; Darlene Breen of Southlake, Texas; Burnetha Gibson Jackson of Dumas, Texas; paternal uncle Vernon Gibson and wife Ruby of Hardesty; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church, (southeast of Hardesty) with nephew Steve Martin, officiating. Interment will follow in Elmhurst Cemetery, Guymon under the care of Henson-Novak Funeral Directors.
Donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. Memorials may be sent c/o Henson-Novak Funeral Directors, P.O. Box 1306, Guymon, OK 73942. Friends may send condolences and sign the online guest book at www.hensonnovak.com.
Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Aug 29, 2009
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